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Attorney General William Barr stated on Monday that there is a legal path to adding the citizenship question to the 2020 United States Census, despite a negative ruling at the Supreme Court.

Late last month, the high court ruled (5-4) Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross had not provided an adequate rationale why a person’s citizenship status should be included in the census.

“The reasoned explanation requirement of administrative law, after all, is meant to ensure that agencies offer genuine justifications for important decisions, reasons that can be scrutinized by courts and the interested public,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion, which was joined by the court’s four liberal justices.

“Accepting contrived reasons would defeat the purpose of the enterprise. If judicial review is to be more than an empty ritual, it must demand something better than the explanation offered for the action taken in this case.”

The justices remanded the case back to federal district court, which gives the Trump administration another chance to make its argument about why the question was added.

The last time the federal government included a question about a person’s citizenship status was for the 1950 census.

Barr told the Associated Press that he has been in consultation with President Donald Trump concerning the issue.

“I agree with him that the Supreme Court decision was wrong,” Barr said.

The attorney general added he believes there is “an opportunity potentially to cure the lack of clarity that was the problem and we might as well take a shot at doing that.”

The Trump administration had argued before the Supreme Court that the question had been included to aid in enforcing the Voting Rights Act.

Roberts characterized that explanation in his ruling as seeming to be “contrived.”

The AP reported that the Justice Department has decided to replace its legal team, as it prepares to go forward with the case at federal district court. A department official said the new team would consist of both career and politically appointed attorneys.

Trump told reporters last week that he is weighing issuing an executive order directing the Commerce Department to include the citizenship question in the 2020 census, which would likely be a means to further strengthen the legal argument for its inclusion.

“We’re thinking about doing that, it’s one of the ways,” Trump told reporters, according to The Hill.

“You need it for many reasons. Number one, you need it for Congress, for districting. You need it for appropriations: Where are the funds going, how many people are there, are they citizens, are they not citizens? You need it for many reasons,” Trump said of the need to include the question.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated on Monday that adding it to the census is an attempt by Trump to “make America white again.”

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  1. Joe

    July 9, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    For something thats been on the census for over 100 yrs, who is the court to say that their wasnt enough information for them to make a decision. Who was obammy to take it off the census. Sounds like a political hack to me. If it was good for over 100 yrs why the change. Well scotus.

  2. Bruce

    July 9, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Oh please Pelosi! Do tell: exactly WHEN was America all white? Have you forgotten our Native Tribes?

    • Lee

      July 9, 2019 at 10:03 pm

      The question is are you a citizen not are you white,black, latino etc the woman is senile

  3. Edna

    July 9, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Nancy P is an idiot. There is no way that adding this Question would make America white . The people who have been hired by the taxpayers to do business for us have not done anything but cause Washington to appear stupid. Grow up and do the job or plan to pack your bags and head home. Many of them have been there too long anyway. We would think that being in Washington this many years they would DO SOMETHING besides make themselves RICH!
    Taxation without representation hits again.

  4. photog

    July 9, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    No, it’s to distinguish representation. Dems want only population numbers of bodies to determine representation when number of legal American citizens should be what determines representation.

  5. Evangeline

    July 9, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Asking if a person is a citizen has NOTHING TO DO WITH RACE. Pelosi knows there is no reason not to ask the question. That’s why she’s playing race card. She’s pathetic.

  6. Rae

    July 9, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    We need to know how many legal citizens we have in the US for the purpose of representation. LEGAL citizens should be what determines representation.

    We also need to know how many illegal, “unauthorized” residents we have for the purpose of accurate voter registration.

  7. LST

    July 9, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Why the hell hasn’t Piglosi dropped dead yet? Nasty vile old hag.

  8. Polly

    July 9, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Really democrats are destructive and evil.Anyone who lies for a living should be out in a straight jacket.So fed up of the stupidity

  9. Pat

    July 9, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Boy,, Barr is going to give the swamp a run for their money! Love it.

  10. Rebecca Holstine

    July 9, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    I hope with all my heart, that Trump wins this one. He is winning alot and I am not tired of it yet.

  11. Jerry

    July 10, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Nancy must still be high from to many drinks again, last time I looked at a question about my citizen ship had nothing to do with race. To tell if a person is white, black, red green purple or whatever do not come out is you put your citizenship as USA give me a break Nancy, drink some more coffee

  12. ami

    July 10, 2019 at 10:06 am

    We need to know how many people are here that are not citizens.

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